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Entrepreneurship gets boost

Technical vocational education, especially for the out-of-school youth, highlighted the celebration of the International Year of the Youth that gathered government agencies, international institutions and non-government organizations to promote youth welfare and empowerment, a press release from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson said.

Technical Education and Skills Development Authority director general, Joel Villanueva, and other government agency heads attended the initiatives held at the SM Mall of Asia Convention Center to celebrate the event that coincided with the signing of a partnership agreement with the International Labor Organization. The event also featured learning sessions that showcased TESDA's Apprenticeship Program in partnership with Panasonic.

Villanueva, with representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment and the International Labor Organization, led the ceremonial signing of a Partner's Agreement in Entrepreneurship and TechVoc Training. The agreement targets 2,000 youths from poor communities in four provinces namely, Masbate, Antique, Agusan del Sur and Maguindanao.  ILO will shoulder the training fees of the trainees, chosen based on the results of a skills survey.

Villanueva also joined JobStreet.com <http://jobstreet.com/> in its career fair to express TESDA's appropriation for holding the event that would give technical vocational graduates a chance to seek instant jobs. The event, dubbed the Jobgantic Career Fair 2011, featured a series of Hiring-on-the-Spot results that showcased newly-hired applicants and the different firms that employed them, the press release said.*

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